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Cryosphere => Permafrost => Topic started by: morganism on August 02, 2014, 10:08:34 PM

Title: Converting to a methanol economy ?
Post by: morganism on August 02, 2014, 10:08:34 PM
There are quite a few new catalysts to directly convert CO2 to methanol, but this new one is efficient enough to use waste heat from an engine or industrial process to perhaps re-capture in-situ.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/nanostructured-metal-oxide-catalyst-efficiently-converts-co2-to-methanol# (http://www.kurzweilai.net/nanostructured-metal-oxide-catalyst-efficiently-converts-co2-to-methanol#)

There is also a neat thermalelectric converter that uses the edge of benzene or zigzag graphene to convert heat directly to electricity. Studies were done at UofAz.

http://uanews.org/story/turning-waste-heat-power (http://uanews.org/story/turning-waste-heat-power)

http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-study-understanding-graphene-s-electrical-properties-atomic-level (http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-study-understanding-graphene-s-electrical-properties-atomic-level)